Rent Movies Online

Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

If you’re ready to rent movies online, this is your one-stop destination for all the top online DVD rental services. Many have went out of business in the last few years, mainly due to the increasing popularity of Netflix, but a surprising number still remain. This is especially true in countries outside of the United States, as Netflix only offers home delivery to U.S. residents. So whether you’re American, Australian, or Scandinavian, this list should be of use when it comes time to rent movies online.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big supporters of Netflix. I’ve personally been a subscriber since 2005, so I can personally recommend their services. If you want lots of movies at a low price with no hassles, then click here to become a Netflix member.

Netflix - The global leader when it comes to renting movies online, Netflix has grown at an exponential rate over the last few years. They’ve driven Blockbuster to file for Chapter 11, and they show no signs of letting up. Their service offers over 100,000 films to choose from, plus the guarantee of no late fees. Multiple subscription plans are available, and movies can either be delivered to your home (postage is pre-paid) or streamed on your computer. With the proper setup, you can also watch streaming movies on your television set. Easily the best place to rent movies online.

Blockbuster Online – The second major source for online movie rentals, Blockbuster is slowly making the transition away from brick-and-mortar locations due to major competition from Netflix. They offer over 95,000 movies and television shows, and these can either be received in the mail or picked up from your local Blockbuster store. Video games are also offered through the mail, with over 3,000 titles currently available (at no extra charge). Movies can be purchased as well as rented, and their On Demand feature allows digital films to be enjoyed on your Blu-ray player, TV, cell phone, DVR, PC, or portable device.

CinemaNow – Presented by Best Buy, CinemaNow allows customers to either buy or rent the latest new releases and much-loved classics. Unlike Netflix or Blockbuster, CinemaNow doesn’t send movies through the mail. If you want to watch something, you’ll need to either download it to your PC or Blu-ray player. The service is still small at the moment (around 12,000 movies), but look for the library of titles to expand over time. You’re also allowed to burn movies to DVD if you buy them, and it’s totally legal.

iTunes Store – In addition to selling 70% of the planet’s digital music, iTunes also offers feature films and television shows for playback on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. In almost all cases, the film can be had for less than the cost of a DVD, and TV episodes can be purchased one at a time.

DVD Avenue – In addition to renting regular films from DVD Avenue, you can also receive video games and adult titles (aka porno). They carry over 25,000 movies and games, and their subscription plan begins at $9.99 per month (which includes games and adult titles). Customers will receive movies within three days of placing their order, and your membership can be cancelled at any time.

BIGFlix – If Bollywood movies are your thing, check out India’s largest movie rental service. If you want an actual DVD to pop into your player, you’ll have to travel to India. But if you own a PC, you can download titles from anywhere in the world. There are over 15,000 movies to choose from, and the service offers multiple pricing plans for subscribers.

BigPond Movies – Only available in Australia, BigPond Movies allows subscribers to either have movies mailed to their house or they can buy them online line and watch them on their PC for a limited amount of time (usually 48 hours). The service is owned by BigPond, the nation’s largest Internet service provider.

Redbox – If you’ve ever been to Walgreens or Wal-Mart, then you’ve probably seen a Redbox kiosk (there are over 22,000 in the United States). While you have to visit one of these machines to get your movie, you can go online and reserve a title. Movies rent for 99 cents per day, with all the most popular new releases being offered.

LoveFilm – If you live in the UK, Germany, or Scandinavia and want to rent movies online, LoveFilm is your top choice. They offer over 67,000 titles and boast a membership that’s over one-million strong. You can choose for titles to be delivered to your door, or you can select from thousands of movies that are available to be streamed on your PC. Numerous pricing plans are available, and any unlimited plan allows members free access to the streaming content.

iReel – Choose between buying and renting movies with this online service. Available to residents of the U.S. and Canada, iReel allows customers to watch streaming movies on their Mac or PC. Rented films can be kept on your computer for a whole month, although each rental must be paid for in addition to the subscription fee (although a year’s subscription is only $7.50 per month). All streaming movies are presented in high definition quality.

GreenCine – Based in San Francisco, GreenCine operates much the same way that Netflix does, although they specialize in indie films and anime. They currently stock over 25,000 movies, and their BlueCine sister site provides adult films. GreenCine allows members to receive movies at home or watch them online, and titles can also be purchased.

That’s our look at some of the best places to rent movies online. There are a number of exciting options to choose from, but I would still suggest becoming a Netflix subscriber. Sure, we get a small commission if you sign up, but that money goes right back into the website. Besides, would I have used their service for the last five years if I wasn’t satisfied?

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December 1, 2010

Bobbie Carpinello

I shared your website with my twitter fans, keep up the good work

April 25, 2011



I live in Mexico, how and where can I get service to rent movies online to watch on my iPad.


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